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Authors: Brian Campbell and Nicky Rea
Additional Material: Jackie Cassada
Additional Conceptual Design: Justin Achilli and Robert Hatch
Developer: Justin Achilli
Editor: Cary Goff
Art Director: Lawrence Snelly
Layout & Typesetting: Katie McCaskill
Interior Art: John Cobb, Pia Guerra, Eric Hotz, Robby Poore, Chuck Regan, Andrew Ritchie, Andrew Trabbold
Front Cover Art: Andrew Ritchie
Front & Back Cover Design: Katie McCaskill
Playtesting: Mike "Allah Wills It!" Berg, Chris "Intestinal Fortitude" Mohney, Jim "Arabic Secret Conferences" Yingst, Brian "Ackbar and Geoffrey" Campbell, Anthony "Dime-store Messiah" Wagner, Tony Gleason, Michael Praser, Daniel J. Turek, William Hindmarch, Jed Grimmler and Marty "Working With Murderers" Gleason. Extra mad props to the BSFFA's who helped work out the bugs in the formative stages — see ya at Dairyland.
Special Thanks To: Mike "Moe Green" Tinney, for making his bones while I was still dating cheerleaders.
Brian "This Hurts" Glass, for playing video games until his arm broke.
Ken "Drunk and Slurry" Cliffe, whose voice mail is always there for me when I stumble home at four in the morning.
Andrew "Zig-A-Zig-Ah" Bates, for documenting my inescapable decline.
Dean "Roadhouse" Burnham, for kicking ass and taking numbers at Martinis.
Chris "Backside" McDonough and Brad "The Littlest Confederate Soldier" Butkovitch, for baring their... souls... at GenCon '97.
Madonna, just because I love her.
Nicky's Special Thanks: Special Thanks to Dan Donnelly, who plays Tremere as they ought to be played; to Tadd McDivitt, who plays Tremer (brilliantly) as we're all afraid they'll be played; to Jim Crabtree, whose artwork continues to tease and intrigue; and most of all to Justin Achilli and Rob Hatch for their continuing inspiration.
Publisher: White Wolf Publishing, Inc.
Imprint: White Wolf Game Studio
Published: 1998
Pages: 119
Year: 1198, 1314, 1413
Publication #: WW 2811
Reference #: ISBN 1-56504-2920-5
Price: $15.00

Transylvania Chronicles I: Dark Tides Rising is the first book in the four-volume, century-spanning Transylvania Chronicles saga that links the Dark Medieval of Vampire: The Dark Ages to the modern nights of Vampire: The Masquerade.


From the White Wolf catalog:

Born of Darkness
Saulot has fallen, and to what end? The demon Kupala rages in his ancestral home at whose behest? Beneath the dead soil of Transylvania pulses an undying heart, but for how long? The prophecies of Gehenna are coming to fruition in the Dark Medieval world. Only those who would defy destiny itself can stem the dark tide of the final nights.
Bearers of Unholy Light
Dark Tides Rising, the first of the four-part Transylvania Chronicles, takes characters on the ride of their unlives — through the epic annals of Cainite history. Coteries play vital roles in the Nosferatu Zelios' titanic struggle to bind dead Kupala, in treacherous Goratrix' return to the Tremere's Ceoris chantry and in the Anarch Revolt itself. The Transylvania Chronicles cross over with Vampire: The Masquerade and span 800 years of Cainite and mortal history. Players now have a chance to make history.
Dark Tides Rising includes:
  • The springboard for a four-part epic chronicle
  • An examination of several ongoing plot threads in the World of Darkness, including the inevitable coming of Gehenna
  • An opportunity for players' characters to assume formative roles in momentous Cainite events, even the formation of the Camarilla and Sabbat


An overview of the Transylvania Chronicles, and of the themes and mood of Dark Tides Rising.

Chapter One: The Tides of HistoryEdit

The roles of the clans and factions of the Cainites over the course of Dark Tides Rising, and notes on conceiving and reinforcing the players' coterie.

Chapter Two: Dark Tides RisingEdit

In Spring of 1198, the players' coterie are tasked with building up a castle in Transylvania, and first encounter Zelios the Master Mason, the dark prophet Octavio, Myca Vykos, and Mitru the Hunter.

Chapter Three: Dark Tides CrestingEdit

The coterie is tasked with escorting the betrayer Goratrix to meet his fate at the hands of Tremere in Ceoris, and are once again drawn into Zelios' plans.

Chapter Four: Dark Tides FallingEdit

Anatole and Lucita bring news of the death of the Lasombra Antediluvian at the fangs of the Anarchs; the characters have the opportunity to participate in — or attempt to thwart — the death of the Tzimisce Antediluvian.

Chapter Five: CharactersEdit

The Cainites of Dark Tides Rising.

Chapter Six: Storytelling the Chronicle of AgesEdit

Guidelines to storytelling a long-form chronicle, including maturation systems and fortune paths.

Appendix: The Role of HistoryEdit

A timeline of Transylvania, focusing on the span of time from 1198 to 1437, with snapshots of critical points in the history of the region. The future fates of several of the major characters are chronicled here.

Background InformationEdit

Memorable QuotesEdit


Mitru the Hunter , Prince of Klausenberg
Tiberiu, Radu's Messenger
Octavio, the Voice of Kupala
Zelios, the Master Mason
Anasztaz Torenu, the Phoenix (actually Izydor Torenu)
Delizbieta of the Dark Eyes
Jervais, Vis Master of Ceoris
Etrius, Master of Ceoris
Goratrix, the Betrayer
Count Radu, Prince of Bistria
Myca Vykos, Enigma
Dragomir Basarab, Treacherous Childe
Mircea Dzardescu, Lord Protector of Dzardrev Castle
Nova Arpad, Prince of Mediasch
Roland, Master of Slaves
Lucretia von Hardtz, Retainer to Lord Jurgen


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